Rate of Dependent Children Removed from their Home Where Parental Drug Use was Factor FFY 2017 - Current Human Services

data.pa.gov | Last Updated 20 Feb 2020

This dataset summarizes the number of dependent children (less than 18 years old) removed from households due to parental drug abuse. The data indicates if the dependent children were placed in kinship care or not. The total number of children in this data set are provided by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), which publishes 5 year estimates of the population. The most recent year of entries in this data set may be available before the corresponding ACS population estimates for that year are published. In that case, the data set uses values from the most recently published ACS estimates and notes the year from which those estimates are pulled. These values are updated once the Census Bureau releases the most recent estimates.” *Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives or, in some jurisdictions, close family friends (often referred to as fictive kin). Relatives are the preferred resource for children who must be removed from their birth parents because it maintains the children's connections with their families. *The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) definition of parental drug abuse is “Principal caretaker’s compulsive use of drugs that is not of a temporary nature.”

Tags: dhs, opioid, welfare, family, families, child, drug, abuse, kinship

This dataset has the following 21 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
Geographic Areageographic_areatextRegion for measure, either total for Commonwealth or individual county.
Geographic Namegeographic_nametextName of geographic area.
GendergendertextGender of children.
AgeagetextAge of children.
Federal Fiscal YearyeartextFederal fiscal year for measurement (October 1–September 30).
Federal Fiscal Year Descriptiontime_periodtextPeriod for measurement (annual, federal fiscal year, or quarterly, if available).
Federal Fiscal Year Datestime_period_datestextStart and end dates of time period.
Rate of Children Removedremoval_ratenumberRate of dependent children removed from home due to parental drug use per 1,000 children or rate of dependent children in kinship care because of parental drug use per 1,000 children.
Type of Ratetype_of_ratetextDescription of removal rate.
Number of Removalsnumber_of_removalsnumberCount of dependent children removed from home due to parental drug use or count of dependent children in kinship care because of parental drug use. This count is provided by the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS).
Number of Removals Notesnumber_of_removals_notestextIndicates if the number of removals count has been suppressed to protect confidentiality. Counts less than 11 are not provided.
Number of Removals Descriptionnumber_of_removals_descriptiontextSpecifies if the removals are in kinship care or not.
Total Number of Childrentotal_number_of_childrennumberEstimated number of children, 0-18 years of age. This count is the 5-year estimate from the United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS).
Total Number of Children Notestotal_number_of_children_1textIndicates if the estimated number of children is not available.
Total Number of Children Descriptiontotal_number_of_children_2textDescription provided for the Total Number of Children count column.
County Code Numbercounty_code_numbernumberPennsylvania county code provided as a number (1-67 for counties, 0 for Commonwealth).
County Code Textcounty_code_texttextPennsylvania county code provided as text (1-67 for counties sorted alphabetically, 0 for Commonwealth).
State FIPS Codestate_fips_codetextFirst 2 digits of the 5-digit Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code that designate the state association. Each state has its own 2-digit number and each county within the state has its own 3-digit number which are combined into a 5-digit number to uniquely identify every US county.
County FIPS Codecounty_fips_codetextLast 3 digits of the 5-digit Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code that designate the county association. Each state has its own 2-digit number and each county within the state has its own 3-digit number which are combined into a 5-digit number to uniquely identify every US county.
Latitude & Longitudelatitude_longitudetextLatitude and longitude coordinates in degrees for a centroid point for geographic area.
Latitude & Longitude Georeferencedgeocoded_columnpointGeoreferenced column for the latitude and longitude for use in mapping visuals.